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Written by Clicks® Team

Jun 6, 2024

What You Need to Know About Malaysia’s Burgeoning Self-Storage Sector


Malaysia is witnessing a surge in foreign direct investments, with tech giants like Google planning a $2 billion investment to build a data center to meet rising AI demand, and Apple set to open its first store in Kuala Lumpur. Siemens Energy also launched its first Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) in Asia Pacific in Cyberjaya in December 2023. This influx of investment and technological development has fostered optimism about Malaysia's economic prospects, a sentiment echoed in the burgeoning self-storage industry.

In August 2023, StorHub Self Storage Malaysia announced its acquisition of Flexi Storage and launched a fourth facility on Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. They plan to acquire properties in Klang Valley, Penang, and Johor. Similarly, Lock+Store Malaysia opened its third facility in Petaling Jaya in April 2024. These expansions demonstrate operators' confidence in the rising demand for self-storage from homeowners with increasingly smaller living spaces and e-commerce businesses requiring flexible storage solutions.

Lock+Store Petaling Jaya
Lock+Store Petaling Jaya

Currently, there are six member operators of the Self-Storage Association Asia (SSAA) in Malaysia: BEAM Space, Cube Self Storage, EC Self Storage, Extra Space Self Storage, StorHub Self Storage, and 3S Self Storage. In response to the sector's growth, these operators have invested significantly in training their workforce in operations, sales and marketing, customer service and other roles. Their efforts have borne fruit, as exemplified by Susan Kong, Finance Manager at Lock+Store Malaysia, who won the prestigious Site Manager of the Year Award for all of Asia at Self Storage Awards Asia 2024 in Hong Kong. Additionally, she secured the national title for Malaysia, distinguishing herself among candidates from across the country. The SSAA, with a panel of international industry leaders and investment experts, recognized Kong’s achievement, marking a significant milestone for the Malaysian self-storage industry.

Self Storage Awards Asia 2024
From left: Helen Ng, Chair of Self Storage Association Asia with Susan Kong, Site Manager of the Year (Asia and Malaysia), at Self Storage Awards Asia 2024
Mini warehouse storage unit
From left: Helen Ng, Chair of Self Storage Association Asia with Susan Kong, Site Manager of the Year (Asia and Malaysia), at Self Storage Awards Asia 2024

Helen Ng, Chair of the Self Storage Association Asia and CEO of General Storage Company (Lock+Store Singapore and Malaysia, The Store House Hong Kong), remarked, “The award win reflects well on the progress that self-storage operators in Malaysia have made in the areas of customer service and operational excellence. The industry offers more than just storage space - we empower e-commerce businesses to grow with innovative solutions like mini warehouses and households to declutter and optimize their living spaces. Members of the SSAA are committed to excellence at every interaction, from the first contact with our brand to ensuring complete satisfaction with our storage solutions.”

The burgeoning self-storage sector in Malaysia is a testament to the country’s economic resilience and adaptability in the face of evolving market demands. With continued investment, both from foreign entities and within the self-storage industry itself, Malaysia is poised to see significant growth and innovation. As the self-storage sector expands, it will undoubtedly play a crucial role in the nation’s economic development, providing essential support for the burgeoning e-commerce industry and the increasingly space-conscious residential market.